With Christmas decoration being displayed in stores since September, we’re slowly approaching the festive season. As much as I love the holidays, it seems to me that everything has gotten so consumerist and money-oriented that it kills the magic of Christmas. Everyone is waiting just for the gifts and not the time with their loved ones. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not innocent, we’re all part of it, I myself have a few beauty advent calendars that I can’t wait to open. That being said, for me this is actually an escape from reality, as I’ll be away from home and I really miss my family, so I’m kind of trying to fill the emptiness in my life with advent calendars. Which doesn’t make me a better person, of course, I’m one of those to blame for our materialistic society, as well. But before this gets deeper, let me switch to the topic that we’re here for today.
I’ve been reading so many books lately and I’ve fallen in love with several but I never talk about them in beauty favourites posts, not sure why, I’ve just decided to keep this type of posts only beauty related but I like to share a bit more on my Instagram.
When it comes to skincare though, I have to say, I’m starting to like CeraVe products a lot. CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser is my most-used cleanser at the moment and there’s a good reason for that. It’s gentle, it’s effective and I love the big bottle, it’s going to last me months athough I sometimes wash my hands with it. It’s actually meant to be used on face and body, I tend to just wash my face with it but sometimes when I apply hair oil after drying my hair and have to do something immediately afterwards, normal soap just doesn’t get rid of the greasy feel on my hands, so CeraVe does the job. It feels like a lotion rather than a gel and is packed with ceramides to help the natural barrier function of the skin. It’s also fragrance- and soap-free and it’s really easy to wash it off.
I’d like to add that for me this isn’t going to remove makeup and sunscreen, I prefer to use a makeup remover and then continue with the CeraVe Cleanser. It’s great as a morning cleanse or a second cleanse in the evening but I think you’d need something else to take your makeup off.
Another favourite from CeraVe is this Renewing SA Foot Cream that me and my boyfriend have been using for several weeks. My feet get very dry in the winter no matter how much I exfoliate and moisturise them. This foot cream is really affordable, so I decided to give it a go when I noticed it at the pharmacy. I was surprised how quickly it made a difference, in less than a week my feet felt much softer and nourished. The formula contains AHA (Ammonium Lactate which is the ammonium salt of Lactic Acid and has anti-bacterial properties) and BHA (Salicylic Acid to exfoliate and smooth rough skin), Ceramides and Hyaluronic Acid. It’s quite a thick cream but spreads easily and absorbs almost instantly, feels comfortable and non-greasy and it’s now a staple in my winter care.
There are so many products from the brand that I’d like to try now but unfortunately, not all of them are available in Europe.
And staying on the winter care page, I love a good multi-purpose moisturiser. I like to have one or two in my bag and use them on my hands and cuticles or on top of my cheekbones that tend to get flaky in the icy wind in Norway. But I’ve been using the Lanolips 101 Ointment Multi-Balm in Peach only as a lip mask, although you can apply it anywhere where you’d use a multi-purpose moisturiser. I just prefer it as a lip healer because it’s a thick, waxy, glossy balm that stays on for hours (when I wake up on the following morning it feels as if I’ve just applied it) and pretty much can’t be washed off. I picked up the peach-scented one but it doesn’t really smell of peaches, it just has added Peach Kernel Oil and Vitamin E to the formula. It comes with a pointy applicator but I always use my finger to get the amount needed just because it’s too thick to be spread with the applicator. I’m in love with the retro packaging, as well and I’m looking forward to trying their hand creams.
My skin is combination, with oily T-zone but when cold hits, my cheeks get really dry and flaky and even the center of my face can be on the dryer side. This mini of the Farmacy Honey Potion has been a must for me lately. It’s a really interesting face mask, feeling like honey because in fact, Echinacea GreenEnvy Honey is one of the main ingredients and is full of natural antioxidants. When I apply the thick mask on my face and start massaging it for a couple of minutes, it actually feels warm and transforms into a cream, then I leave it on for about 20 minutes and wash it off. It washes off easily and reveals radiant complexion. It does make a change in my skin appearance and it feels much more hydrated with less flaky areas. That’s a second Farmacy product I’ve been loving lately.
I’m back with an old favourite with this Burt’s Bees Lipstick in 530 Lily Lake. This is my second tube of it and I’m already halfway through, it’s just an easy choice and it’s perfect for this time of the year because of the shade and because it’s balmy and hydrating on the lips. I love this mauve pink colour, it looks good on everyone and makes you feel a bit more awake and fresh. And the lipstick is comfortable to wear with its formula enriched with Moringa and Raspberry Seed Oils, Beeswax and Vitamin E to soften and condition the lips. For me it’s a lipstick and lip balm in one but having in mind that the brand’s lip balms are some of my favourites, it’s no surprise. Also, the packaging is made from 60% recycled materials, so it’s even more special. There’s a great variety of beautiful shades, brighter or more nude, that are quite opaque for such a balmy formula and although they don’t last that long on the lips, I don’t really mind reapplying them.
Now, it’s time to put on the chunky knits and tackle the last day of October!